Zhengzhou Attractions - Things to Do
Yellow River Tour (Zhengzhou Sect) - Yellow River Scenic Area
The best place to experience the culture of the Yellow River is the Yellow River Scenic Area in this city. It is about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) northwest of Zhengzhou, situated on the southern bank of the Yellow River. There are green lands, clear waters, pavilions, scattered statues with interesting histories, inside the scenic area. With more than 20 years of development, the scenic area is now a national tourist destination with modern amusement facilities, which appeals to thousands of tourists from all over the world. This Yellow River Scenic Area is the ideal viewpoint to appreciate the mother river of China.
As one of the Five Famous Mountains in China, there is no need to say more about the beauty of Song Mountain. If you visit one mountain in Henan, make it this one for its charming natural views and its fame. Shaolin Temple is situated in the west foothills of Song Mountain. At the mention of Shaolin Temple, tourists mostly think of Shaolin Kung Fu, and it is true that you can appreciate wonderful performances here. Another place worth a visit near Shaolin Temple is the Pagoda Forest. There are about 250 different pagodas which are the graves of every abbot of Shaolin Temple from Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) till the last. The constructions, reflecting the architectural styles of every dynasty, are now the treasures for studying Chinese ancient brick architecture and the art of engraving.
Also, one of the four Academies of Classical Learning in Song Dynasty (960 - 1279) - Songyang Academy, and the Astronomical Observatory are both worth a visit.
Top Things to Do in Downtown
Erqi (meaning Feb. 7th) Square, located in the center of the downtown area, is the busiest commercial area in Zhengzhou and even Henan Province. There are many department stores and restaurants, which should not be missed. The most eye-catching architecture on the square is the central Er' Qi Memorial Tower which commemorates a strike that happened on Feb.7th, 1923. To get to the square from Zhengzhou Railway Station take Bus Nos. 2, 6, 32 or 34 and get off at Er' Qi Guangchang Stop.
Shang Ruins, the largest and the most well-preserved site of the capital city in early Shang Dynasty (16th - 11th century BC), is located in the city downtown area. It is more ancient than the Yin Xu (Yin Ruins) in Anyang. Covering an area of about 25 square kilometers (about 9.7 square miles), the site still has a city wall with a girth of nearly 7 kilometers (about 4.3 miles). Items unearthed here include rare bronzes, many shell articles, stone wares, jade articles and relics of silos, wells and graves offering plenty of material for the study of the development of Slave Society and Chinese ancient cities.
Situated in the northern part of the city, Henan Museum is a modern historic museum. From the architectural style of the museum to the treasures there stored, the history presented here will amaze you. The idea for the design of the museum comes from the aspect of the Astronomical Observatory, which looks mysterious and pyramid-like. Cultural relics housed in the museum are definitely precious. There are ancient stone carvings, bronze wares and jade articles of Chu (897 - 951) and workmanship of Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) dynasties. One item not to be missed is a rare sculpture of an ivory cabbage on which insects are vividly carved. It is said that sometimes one can not tell the ivory cabbage from a real one when glancing at the sculpture. Tourists should take Bus Nos. 42, 61, 69 and 72 to Henan Sheng Bowuguan Stop.